Midweek Pennant winners crowned
A drama filled afternoon of bowls finals took place across the metropolitan area with eight teams claiming pennants at the Blooms The Chemist Men’s Midweek Metropolitan Pennants were wrapped up yesterday. Many of the finals went right to the finish including an extra end playoff in 1st White.
Kardinya Bowling Club claimed their first Premier League pennant with an impressive 66-46 victory over Cambridge. In what was an extremely tight competition with the top 5 sides only separated by just 5 points at the conclusion of the 18 round season it was Kardinya who hit their straps come finals time.
In the semi-finals they had a narrow 6 shot win over Rossmoyne before claiming all 3 rinks in the grand final. Robert Foy the best of the Kardinya sides with an 11 shot win supported by his team of Danny Comrie, Ian Barrie and Steve West. Interestingly a lot of the players in the final will do battle again over the weekend in the Saturday finals with the clubs to do battle in the second semi final.
Warnbro pulled off what looked like an unlikely victory against Doubleview Bowling Club when they claimed an extra end thriller to take the flag. Doubleview looked to be doing the better for most of the match however Warnbro battled back and levelled the scores after the scheduled 63 ends. All rinks went back out to play an extra end and Warnbro claimed the shots needed for the title. The heroes for Warnbro were the rink of John Trewhella, Barry Kalinowski, Denis Nagle and Matthew Trewhella who had a 15 shot win to carry the day, that rink was also the best performed all year in 1st White.
In the challenge playoffs 7th and 8th placed Thornlie and Gosnells defeated 1st Blue challengers Warwick and Leeming to remain in 1st White.
Kardinya claimed their second Midweek flag when they defeated North Beach 62-51. Kardinya had a very dominant season losing just the two games all year. Ross Knapp with Tony Cocodis, Ken Stower, Tony Regan the best on the final with 26-14 victory.
Successfully remaining in this division are Morley, Cambridge and Cockburn who all defeated 2nd Division sides in challenge matches.
Sorrento1 claimed the 2nd Division pennant by the narrowest possible margin with a 1 shot victory over a gallant Dalkieth-Nedlands. Sorrento Won on two rinks with Trevor Orton getting home 6 shots and Alan Anderson by 3 shots. Both teams will progress to 1st Division Blue next year and joining them will be Joondalup and Fremantle who were the beaten semi-finalists in the pennant playoffs
Also progressing to 1st Blue will be Rossmoyne who won a challenge match against Mt Pleasant to move up a grade.
Another tight final saw Bayswater upset Roleystone at Roleystone to claim the flag. Roleystone looked the team to beat after going through the season with just 1 loss after being promoted from 4th division the year before however Bayswater played superbly to down them by just 3 shots after being behind for most of the match. Bayswater survived an ever closer finish the week before as they can through two extra ends against Kardinya the week before.
Those three mentioned sides will be promoted and joined in second division next year by Sorrento and the promotion final winners Yokine, Quinns Rocks, East Fremantle and Willetton.
Another team to claim the flag away from home was Fremantle as they can storming home to defeat North Perth 64-61. The North Perth players whilst disappointed in losing the grand final should hold their heads up high after nearly completing the perfect season – they were undefeated all year in 4th Division Blue and won their semi final by an incredible 52 shots. However Fremantle deserve the plaudits and in particular the rink of Ray Pozzi with Lindsay Oldham, David Regan and Vince Santaromita with a 23-16 win to carry the aggregate for their side.
Both teams now move up to 3rd Division next year and will be joined by North Beach and Gosnells along with the promotion final winners South Perth, Warwick, Byford and Hilton Park.
Forrestfield have capped a great year by winning the 5th division pennant by 12 shots over Bassendean. Playing at home they had two strong rinks in the final with Yan Sikorski winning 25-15 and Graeme Worth 25-17. It was no surprise as both those skips were the leading skips for 5th Division White through out the season.
Joining Forrestfield and Bassendean as promoted sides to 4th division are Yanchep, Kwinana who were beaten in the semi-finals and promotion winners Mt Lawley, Quinns Rocks, Mosman Park and Willetton.
Another close final saw Bullsbrook upset South Perth to take the 6th Division pennant 42-38 in the two rink competition. Barry Bettens and his rink of Robert Webb, Geoffrey Page and George Peddey recorded a 28-17 victory to give Bullsbrook the flag. The previous week Bullsbrook had beaten Safety Bay at South Perth and that game obviously gave them a good taste of the synthetic green for the grand final.
All three sides are granted the chance of promotion should they wish to do so next season.
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